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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs

OCRA > OCRA Regional Conferences 2014 OCRA Regional Conferences 2014

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs hosted eight regional conferences in the month of October.  This was an excellent opportunity to learn about and work with OCRA to launch new initiatives for your community. Presentations will be online soon.

There were keynote presentations from: 
Lt Governor Sue Ellspermann and Eric Doden, Indiana Economic Development Corporation President

And presentations from:
Dick Heupel, Director Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 

Michael Hicks, Director Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University

Sharon Canaday, Associate Director, Economic & Community Development, Ball State Building Better Communities 

Bo Beaulieu, Director Purdue Center for Regional Development

Michael Wilcox, Assistant Program Leader, Economic & Community Development, Purdue Extension 

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Economic Development & Business Growth Strategist, Purdue University

Hometown Collaboration Initiative is an organizational program for communities that are serious about expanding their leadership and civic engagement pipelines, embracing new strategies for more vibrant local economies, and new avenues to leverage the built and natural resources unique to that place. This program provides communities with access to world-class thought-leadership and expert coaching on the ground. 

Community Readiness Initiative is a state of art economic development assessment and strategic planning tool.  Cities and towns are able to access a wealth of economic data and analysis and compare that data with existing local planning.  The CRI then engages in community conversation about the local economy so that they can move from the process with a solid data proven economic development strategy.

• Stellar Communities
• Shovel Ready Certification for economic development
• Indiana Main Street organization and best practices
• Community Entrepreneurship program offered by OCRA and the Office of Small Business and Engagement
• Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay – 92 counties, 2,400 miles, six weeks, from our first state capitol building to an everlasting flame to celebrate our history and ignite our future. 
• And the following funding resources:  Place Based Investment Fund *** Downtown Enhancement Grant *** Main Street Revitalization Program *** Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grants